I've already written about how to apply concealer in "Dark circles under your eyes?" however concealer isn't just for use around the eyes. I also use concealer to even out patches around the nose, lips and ad hoc dark spots and blemishes.
Every make up artist has their own rules on using concealer, mine is that I always apply some before foundation. The main reason for that is that I like to correct skin first. I then have a good idea what foundation and how much I need, sometimes you may even find foundation isn't needed at all, just a little powder to set everything.
Here's a few tips when applying concealer:
Tip 1: Always moisturise the face and under eye area before applying make up
Tip 2. Wear a primer to even out skin colour and tone and improve the longevity of your make up
Tip 3: Use a very small brush to dot the concealer on to the discoloured area. Use the pad of your little finger to warm and distribute the concealer once on your face. Remember less is more!
...and here's just a selection of great concealers on the High Street:
Laura Mercier Secret Concealer £18
This is a rich creamy concealer packed with pigment. There are 6 really useful colours to choose from and as the pigments are so strong a little goes a very long way.
Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer £17
There are 9 fab yellow based colours in this range. Like it says on the tin, this is a creamy concealer that does a great job and this one is said to be infused with skin conditioners to protect the under-eye area.
Estee Lauder Smoothing Creme Concealer £17
This is a lovely concealer, it's also light diffusing and has a sunscreen SPF8 and vitamin.
Aldi Lacura Concealer Pen £3.59
Having heard about this concealer I thought I better give it a go. Taking it's price tag into account I wasn't really expecting a great product but price tag aside, it's really very good. This concealer has a fair amount of pigment and good coverage and on a non foundation day this works well alone set with a little translucent powder. My only issues are there aren't enough colours in the range and as it's quite a small it gets used up very quickly.